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October 31, 2008

NSF grant to launch 24 undergraduates from Case Western Reserve University into math and science teaching careers

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a new program at Case Western Reserve University to prepare 24 high-achieving science and math undergraduates for teaching careers.

On Stage at Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater is Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart

Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University continues its 2008/09 drama series with Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy by Beth Henley.

October 30, 2008

Case Western Reserve University professors call for regulation of Electronic Health Records

Cost and security concerns about bringing health care record keeping into the 21st century through electronic health records (EHR) have led to a call for an effective regulatory and oversight system from a pair of Case Western Reserve University professors.

Case Western Reserve junior studies American corporate culture at Target India

An anthropology major, Nina Sreshta sought to use the emerging field of business anthropology to help in understanding how the American work culture translates in an international business environment across borders into different countries. She chose to focus on one of America's largest retail companies, Target, and to view how its corporate philosophy and operational means were carried out half a world away.

October 29, 2008

Michael Merzenich, brain and hearing pioneer, to speak at Case Western Reserve University

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has announced that Michael Merzenich, one of the world's premier researchers on brain development, will be the featured speaker at the Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lectureship Series from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, at the Wolstein Auditorium.

The world is a classroom for Case Western Reserve student and alumni travelers in the International Studies Program

Microfinance in Bangladesh, women's issues in El Salvador and Israel, criminal justice in the Netherlands, child welfare in Guatemala and health and human services in China are a few of the study abroad topics offered this year by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences award-winning International Studies program.

October 28, 2008

Anonymous gift of $2 million advances translational research at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University has received an anonymous $2 million gift to endow the program directorship of the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) in the department of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Biomedical engineering is a joint program of the Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Seinfeld Campus Bus Tour to visit campus October 29

A full decade after Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer ended their run on of the most successful shows in television history, Seinfeld is back- in the form of 60-foot long bio-diesel fueled bus. As part of its nationwide trek, the Seinfeld Campus Tour is coming to Case Western Reserve University Wednesday, October 29.

October 27, 2008

St. Baldrick's Foundation announces $330,000 in funding of St. Baldrick's Scholar at Case Western Reserve University

St. Baldrick's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, recently awarded $330,000 to fund Alex Huang, M.D., Ph.D., of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, as a St. Baldrick's Scholar for three years.

Case Footlighters' production of Sweeney Todd is an integration of engineering and the arts

Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will be presented by Case Western Reserve University's student-run theater group, the Case Footlighters, just in time for Halloween. There will be four performances: Thursday through Saturday, October 30-November 1, at 8 p.m., and another performance on November 1 at 11:59 p.m. All performances will be held at the Carlton Commons on campus, 11892 Carlton Road. The production is being directed by Nicholas Badger, a second-year mechanical engineering and German studies major.

October 24, 2008

Two Alumni Named to Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees; New Board Chair Takes the Helm

Two Case Western Reserve University alumni were added to the Board of Trustees at the governing body's October 17 meeting. Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., who served on the board from 2003-2006 until he was named the university's interim president during 2006-2007, was reinstated to the board. Eastwood is a 1966 alumnus of the Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Larry Sears, a Cleveland-based entrepreneur, engineer and educator, was appointed to a four-year term. Sears is a 1969 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology.

October 23, 2008

Frank and Jocelyne Linsalata Donate $3 Million to Case Western Reserve University

Frank N. Linsalata, the outgoing chair of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, and his wife, Jocelyne are donating $3 million to his alma mater, earmarking the funding to specifically enrich the undergraduate student experience on campus. A private announcement of the gift was made at Frank Linsalata's final board dinner as chair on Friday, October 17.

Case Western Reserve University's Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative funds pilot studies

The Case Western Reserve University Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) has announced the recipients of its 2008 Pilot Project grants. Seven researchers received pilot awards totaling $430,143 from the CTSC to fund early clinical studies in translational science.

October 22, 2008

Catching the Sun's angle to keep time for 25 years

A sundial designed and built on campus and installed in front of Thwing Center on Euclid Avenue has kept time for 25 years. The original designs and photographs of its construction were presented recently as a gift from the creators of the Cleftlands Sundial to University Archives.

National university leaders descend on Cleveland to discuss range of topics affecting economics of higher education

The nation's most prominent college and university leaders converged on Cleveland Oct. 19-21 to discuss a range of topics affecting higher education, including the economy, tuition and endowments. The American Association of Universities (AAU) held its annual fall meeting at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, hosted by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder.

October 21, 2008

EFDA Program helps hygienists and assistants move up in the dental profession

A special program in Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine offers hygienists and assistants the educational opportunity to advance their careers in dentistry by becoming an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA).

School of Medicine assistant professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that Brian Cobb, assistant professor of pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is a 2008 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Recipient. As one of only 31 grant awardees in the nation, Cobb will receive a grant of $2.35 million over five years for his research program.

October 20, 2008

Case Western Reserve University eliminates $20 million deficit

President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that Case Western Reserve University completed the 2008 Fiscal Year with a budget surplus of $127,000, a sharp turnaround from the previous year's $20 million deficit.

Reference books making a difference for U.S. and Iraqi military dentists, says School of Dental Medicine alumnus

"If only we had some reference books," was the message delivered by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine alumnus Robert Gilliam, a captain in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq. A donation of 13 books from the School of Dental Medicine answered that call for dentists like Gilliam serving at American and Iraqi Army Dental Clinics.

October 17, 2008

Case Western Reserve University's farm is getting a little greener

Case Western Reserve University's Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley may be green, but if the university finds it feasible, the 389-acre farm will become even greener with the installation of an energy-generating wind turbine. If implemented, the wind turbine would showcase alternative energy and yield significant economic, environmental, research and educational benefits for Case Western Reserve students and faculty.

Les Paul honored during 13th Annual American Music Masters Conference at Case Western Reserve University on November 15

From designing and building one of the first solid body electric guitars in the 1940's to his name appearing on the controller of one of today's most popular video games, Les Paul has been hailed as a pioneer and innovator in rock 'n' roll. He will again be honored when Case Western Reserve University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum present the 13th Annual American Music Masters series, "The Wizard of Waukesha: The Life and Legacy of Les Paul," November 10-15.

Center for Layered Polymeric Systems sponsors first industrial showcase at Case Western Reserve University

The National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) is presenting its first Industrial Showcase on Tuesday, October 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kent Hale Smith Building.

October 16, 2008

East Cleveland children dance for a healthier lifestyle on new nursing school study

Approximately 20 children from Mayfair Elementary School in East Cleveland will bounce to the dance beat this school year in a new study by a faculty member of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Three-dimensional nanoimaging process provides detailed look at physical properties of liquid crystals

Charles Rosenblatt, professor of physics and macromolecular science at Case Western Reserve University, and his research group have developed a method of 3D optical imaging of anisotropic fluids such liquid crystals, with volumetric resolution one thousand times smaller than existing techniques. A research paper detailing the team's findings appeared in the September 21 advanced online publication of Nature Physics. The print version will be available soon.

October 15, 2008

Gary J. Simson to Step Down as Dean of School of Law

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack said today that Gary J. Simson has announced his resignation as dean, effective at the end of this academic semester. Starting today, Robert H. Rawson Jr. will serve as Special Advisor to the Provost for the School of Law; he will become interim dean once Simson steps down. President Snyder expressed her appreciation on behalf of the law school and the University for Simson's work over the last two years. Under his leadership the law school raised $1.8 million in the first quarter of this year, and this year's entering class has one of the highest academic credentials in the school's history. Simson will remain in his position as a tenured professor of law.

House Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Sutton Receive Briefing on Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder, Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien and other university officials met yesterday with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Ohio and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher to discuss renewable energy efforts underway at the university through the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation.

October 14, 2008

Case Western Reserve University to co-host workshop that will explore technical solutions for present energy issues

Case Western Reserve University will host a one and a half day workshop that will explore the technological solutions for reliable electricity storage, the effective integration of renewable energy, and national grid security on Monday and Tuesday, October 20-21, at 8 a.m. (both days), in Nord Hall.

October 13, 2008

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University Find that Age-Related Macular Degeneration slowed by drug "candidate"

Research results from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine show that the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is markedly slowed in new laboratory-engineered mice when they received treatments of retinylamine, a trial drug that has been tested in a medical school lab. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

Case Western Reserve University theoretical and experimental physicists create "Blackmax"

A team of theoretical and experimental physicists, with participants from Case Western Reserve University, have designed a new black hole simulator called BlackMax to search for evidence that extra dimensions might exist in the universe.

October 10, 2008

South Pole Telescope team uses new method to discover clusters of galaxies far, far away

Scientists have studied the night sky for thousands of years searching for clues to help them understand the universe. The South Pole Telescope (SPT) team, including Case Western Reserve University professor John Ruhl and graduate student Zachary Staniszewski, achieved a major milestone toward using a new technique to probe the most mysterious component of the universe, dark energy.

School of Nursing dean receives lifetime achievement award

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean May L. Wykle received the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Isabel Hampton Robb Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization's recent Education Summit 2008.

October 09, 2008

Case Western Reserve University wins Northeast Ohio Environmental Award

Case Western Reserve University's sustainability efforts have earned the institution a Northeast Ohio Environmental Award.

Geauga Park District purchases Nassau Observatory from Case Western Reserve University

Geauga Park District Board of Park Commissioners announces the acquisition of 281 acres in Montville Township, popularly known as Nassau Observatory, from Case Western Reserve University. This parcel will become part of Observatory Park, and bring the acreage for this park to 1,117.7 acres, making it the Park District's largest single land-holding.

Mildred Putnam Sculpture Garden dedication set for October 10

A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, October 10, at 4:30 p.m. to officially open the Mildred Putnam Sculpture Garden at East 118th Street and Euclid Avenue. The event is open to the public.

October 08, 2008

Dinosaurs, ancient brains and more on agenda for International Paleontology Conference

Paleontologist Darin Croft from the department of anatomy in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will be the host committee chair for the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, October 15-18. This is the first time SVP has held its meeting in Cleveland.

Relay For Life to host kickoff rally October 10

Case Western Reserve University's Relay For Life group aims to be one of the nation's model university Relays. Based on the inaugural event held at the university, the chapter is well on its way. It plans to start this year's Relay season by hosting a rally from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 10, in Thwing Center's ballroom.

October 07, 2008

Virtual worlds hold promise to reduce real world pain at the dentist

Escaping into a virtual world of Second Life is showing promise as a way to divert real world pain when visiting the dentist, according to a thesis project at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Case Western Reserve University engineering professor receives lifelong recognition award from American Ceramics Society

Arthur H. Heuer, University Professor and the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at Case Western Reserve University, has received the W. David Kingery Award from the American Ceramics Society (ACerS). Heuer, who is based within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, is the first person from the university to be awarded this distinction by ACerS.

October 06, 2008

Two from Department of Geological Sciences to Present Research at National Conference

Gerald Matisoff, chair of the department of geological sciences, and Peter Whiting, professor of geological sciences, are both presenting research today at the 2008 Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies in Houston.

Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association makes $5 million commitment to Case Western Reserve University

The Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association of Case Western Reserve University will distribute its remaining endowment in a series of gifts to Case Western Reserve University -- a combined commitment of $5 million. The commitment was publically announced on October 4, during the association's annual reunion tea honoring the fiftieth reunion class.

October 03, 2008

NIH Selects Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to Participate in National Children's Study

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has been awarded $26 million in funding to participate in The National Children's Study, the National Institutes of Health's comprehensive study on the interaction of genes and the environment on children's health.

Late inventor and engineering alumnus subject of Oscar-buzzworthy feature film

Case Western Reserve University alumnus Robert W. Kearns, the independent inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper system, is the subject of a new film opening today. Kearns used one of the university's labs to work on the wiper system while he also completed his doctoral dissertation.

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women recognizes women of achievement at Case Western Reserve

The Case Western Reserve University community recently celebrated the accomplishments of dozens of faculty during Fifth Annual Women of Achievement & Mather Spotlight Prize Luncheon.

October 02, 2008

School of Law alumnus named vice president of Government and Community Relations at Case Western Reserve University

David A. Bell, former general counsel of the Arizona State University Foundation in Tempe, Ariz., has come back to Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University as vice president for government and community relations. Bell was an associate general counsel at Case Western Reserve in the Office of General Counsel from 2003-2006.

October 01, 2008

Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University names first executive director

Dianne D. Anderson, who has held numerous executive and managerial positions at BP since 1983, has been named the first executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University. She begins her new duties today.

University of Toledo, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine develop joint research center to study immune diseases

The University of Toledo (UT) College of Medicine and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have established an interdisciplinary center of excellence, named the Ohio Center for Innovative Immunosuppressive Therapeutics, to study, develop and commercialize new drugs to treat disorders of the immune system. The universities received $3 million in capital funds from the Ohio Third Frontier Program to support the development of the new facility.

Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater opens drama series with The Firebugs

Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater opens its 2008-09 drama series with The Firebugs, a darkly humorous satire written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch, with translation by Mordecai Gorelik.